Food and body image

Everyone eats differently but if you take eating to extremes you could have an eating problem, but you’re not alone.

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Unhealthy eating patterns and negative body image can be symptoms of an eating disorder, and should be addressed as soon as possible. Eating disorders are not lifestyle choices, and have some of the highest rates of mortality and morbidity among mental illnesses.

Our youth centres offer short term programs which can help you develop healthy eating habits and positive self image. Through these centres, you can also get access to counselling, if necessary.

Centre locations

Youth Support Services, Central Coast
G2/207 Albany Street North , Gosford NSW 2250
Youth Support Services, Newcastle
15 Denison Street, Newcastle NSW 2302
Youth Support Services, Quakers Hill
32 Highfield Road, Quakers Hills NSW 2763
(02) 9837 2288
Youth Support Services, Riverstone
Riverstone Public School, Elizabeth Street, Riverstone NSW 2765
Youth Support Services, Western Sydney
Level 1, 148 Henry Street, Penrith NSW 2750
(02) 4721 8842

Mount Druitt Centre

Contact us for our address

Location: Mount Druitt NSW 2770
Phone: (02) 4723 9277
Fax: (02) 4723 9240

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is an eating disorder where you worry about your weight, want to lose weight and eat less and less food.  It is characterised by low body weight and body image distortion with an obsessive fear of gaining weight, which results in depriving the body of food. It’s a serious condition, but with the right help, you can recover and take back your life.

Symptoms of anorexia include:

  • intense fear of weight gain
  • restriction of food intake
  • being significantly underweight
  • excessive exercise
  • distorted image of own body weight and shape.

Find support and more information about anorexia.

Bulimia Nervosa

It’s an eating disorder where you get into a cycle of overeating and then making yourself sick to try to control your weight. People with bulimia may have previously suffered from anorexia

Symptoms of bulimia include:

  • intense fear of weight gain
  • distorted image of own body weight and shape
  • binge-eating episodes and forced vomiting
  • excessive exercise
  • diet pill and laxative use

Additional resources

For more information on how to improve your body image, call Wesley Hospital on (02) 9716 1442, which has a number of useful resources and supports. Headspace also provides a number of helpful resources about eating disorders in young people.

If you need to speak to someone right now call Lifeline on 13 11 14. If you’re in danger or someone you know is, call emergency services on 000.

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